The cold weather deteriorates refugees conditions in FYROM

The cold weather deteriorates refugees conditions in FYROM

Skopje, 3 November 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

At the moment, no refugee camps are being planned to be set up in FYR Macedonia. Authorities have decided to only use the temporary welcome centers which are in Gevgelija and Tabanoc, in the border with Greece and Serbia. These two centers can only welcome 500 refugees, as there are no bigger capacities. In these isolated premises, authorities have brought heaters and these centers are currently filled with the families of refugees, mainly children and women.

The center for the Management of Crises says that for the moment, these are the maximum capacities to accommodate a part of the refugees. “It’s impossible to accommodate 5 or 7 thousand refugees, which may enter on a daily basis. These temporary centers have been set up to welcome that part of refugees who are unable to be mounted on trains toward the Serb border”, the Center for the Management of Crises said.

3700 refugees have entered FYR Macedonia in the past 24 hours. They can remain in the country, but they decide to continue their journey to Serbia, aiming to reach EU countries. According to the Ministry of Interior, as of June, around 200 thousand refugees have entered the country and the majority of them are from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. /ibna/